The XXXIXth Rencontres de Moriond session devoted to QCD AND HIGH ENERGY HADRONIC INTERACTIONS will be held in La Thuile from Sunday, March 28th to Sunday, April 4th 2004. La Thuile is a pleasant winter sport resort located in the Italian Alps, at 1450 m alt., about 120 km from Geneva . The nearest international airport is Geneva (Switzerland). If you arrive in Geneva International Airport, do not forget that you (especially citizens from Russia) may need a transit visa, coming through Switzerland to Italy.

Postal address of the meeting :
Rencontres de Moriond
Planibel Hotel - La Thuile
Aosta valley
11016 La Thuile (Aosta) - Italy
Phone number : 39 - (0)1 65 88 45 41
Fax number : 39 - (0)1 65 88 45 35
Please begin your fax with : Attention to Rencontres de Moriond.


The purpose of the Rencontres de Moriond is to discuss recent findings and new ideas in elementary particle physics in a pleasant, relaxed and intimate atmosphere. The meeting is intended to promote fruitful collaboration between experimentalists and theorists and between various institutions, by bringing together a limited number of particle physicists in beautiful and inspiring surroundings.


1. Program :

The topics which will be discussed include :

2. Program Committee :

E. Auge (Orsay), E. Berger (Argonne), S. Bethke (Aachen), A. Capella (Orsay), D. Denegri (Saclay), Y. Dokshitzer (Paris), N. Glover (Durham), B. Klima (Fermilab), L.Kluberg (Palaiseau), G. Korchemsky (Orsay), L. McLerran (Brookhaven), B. Pietrzyk (Annecy), J. Tran Thanh Van (Orsay) Chung-I Tan (Brown Univ.) and U. Wiedemann (CERN).

3. Contributions :

The detailed program of the meeting will be established according to the latest experimental and theoretical results at the time of the meeting.
Participants who wish to present new results are requested to send an abstract of their proposed presentation (see form)to one member of the program committee with a copy to Etienne Augé as soon as possible (before January 15th 2004 at the latest).
Due to limitation of time, only a restricted number of talks can be accepted.
According to the tradition of the Rencontres de Moriond, a large amount of time will be reserved for both organized and spontaneous discussions. Hence, all participants are expected to play an active role during the entire meeting. Please remember that we make a special effort to bring together theorists and experimenters.
Speakers are kindly asked to write their transparencies in BIG letters and preferably only on the upper 2/3 of the sheet.
Further information can be obtained from the program committee

Proceedings of the conference will be put on the web and published. Instructions will be distributed during the Rencontres. Deadline for contribution will be May 15th 2004.


1. Conference Dates :

The meeting will begin on Sunday, March 28th, 2004 at 18 h 00 and will end on Sunday, April 4th, at 11 h 30.

2. Conference Facilities :

The following equipment will be available : a slide projector for 5cm x 5cm slides, an overhead projector for transparencies and a projector for computer presentations. Speakers can bring their presentation on their laptop. While the compatibility of such devices has improved recently, we ask you to bring a backup copy for overhead projector.
Limited internet connections will be available from the hotel. In particular, a wireless hub will be installed.

3. Transparencies :

Speakers are requested to bring a good photocopy of their talk. This copy will be kept for display.
In order to make these transparencies available on the web, speakers who have their talk in file format (PDF, Postscript, HTML,...) are invited to send them to E. Augé (auge@lal.in2p3.fr).

4. Conference Fee :

The conference fee for participants is 330 Euros. It will cover the cost of the copy of the proceedings and the cost of all social events.

Payments can be made :

Please avoid cash payment if possible.
If you have to change money, note that the exchange rate in La Thuile is less advantageous than in cities like Paris or Geneva.
Credit cards are not accepted.

5. Accommodations :

Housing will be in hotel Planibel, La Thuile. Meals will be served in this hotel for all participants.
The hotel bill shall be paid directly to the hotel. Credit card payment, for the hotel accomodation only, can be accepted.
The cost (full board) will amount to 504 Euros (double occupancy).
It will be difficult to obtain single rooms. Only a few will be available at an additional cost of 140 Euros.
Single rooms should be reserved before December 15, 2003.
For accompanying members, the costs are as follows :
- 504 Euros per adult
- 378 Euros per child (6-10 years old)
- 252 Euros per child (4-6 years old)
It will not be possible to find accommodation for your family if you have not requested it by December 30th, 2003.

Important notice:
Hotel reservations are made for the whole session : i.e. from the evening of Sunday, March 28th to the morning of Sunday, April 4th (including lunch before departure of the conference bus to Geneva). Please note that the total cost of the meeting will not be reduced even in the case of partial attendance.
Cancellation of hotel reservations should be made before February 15th, 2004. After this date, the hotel will charge us for the entire cost and we will have to ask the participants who cancel their attendance later to pay for the total accommodation cost as listed above.


the practical organisation is being set-up. Information below is not yet definitive

1. From Paris to Geneva by TGV :

Please note that reservations are compulsory for TGV trains.

The 2004 timetable will be known by end of november
SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2004
Validity in march 2004 remains to be checked
Departure from Paris Gare de Lyon - Arrival in Geneva Cornavin
07 h 10 - Arrival at 10 h 45
10 h 30 - Arrival at 13 h 58

Then take the train to Geneva - Cointrin airport, then the conference bus (see below).
Validity in april 2004 remains to be checked
Return from Geneva Cornavin - Arrival in Paris Gare de Lyon
16 h 44 - Arrival at 20 h 21
19 h 23 - Arrival at 22 h 45

3. From Geneva Airport to La Thuile :

If you arrive in Geneva International Airport, do not forget that you may need a transit visa coming through Switzerland to France

a) With the Conference buses :
departure from Geneva International airport on sunday march 28th. The bus will leave at 13h30.

* On Sunday, March 28th : the first bus leaves at 12 h 30, the second bus leaves at 13h00 and the third one at 13h30 sharp.

Return Conference buses are scheduled to leave La Thuile on Sunday, April 4th at 12 h 30 sharp (after lunch) and will reach Geneva airport and then CERN (if requested) around 17 h 00, depending on the traffic.

5. By car

La Thuile can be reached by car, by the A40 highway to St Gervais, then by E25 to Chamonix, Courmayeur and Pré Saint Didier and then turn to the right in the direction of La Thuile via Strata Stratale Valle d'Aosta (10 km).
If chains are necessary, the sooner you put them on, the better.


Please note that your reply to the program committee member who sent you the invitation is not considered as a registration. Registration for your attendance to the workshop and hotel reservation will only be made on receipt of the registration form . Please return it as soon as possible! If it is not received by December 30, 2003, we may not be able to get hotel reservations for you.